Colossians 2:1-8 … trying to outsmart YHWH
2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict (struggle or anxiety) I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2 That their hearts might be comforted (urgently counsel, encourage or admonish), being knit together (to conclusively weigh a matter and thus direct one’s actions) in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding (a mental putting together), to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
This is the mystery of how God could reconcile the divorced House of Israel according to Torah. Yeshua fulfills this mystery through death & resurrection.
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile (delude) you with enticing words. (persuasive language)
5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding (comprehension, gaining knowledge rather than simply looking upon it.) your order, and the stedfastness (confirmation) of your faith in Christ.
6 As ye have therefore received (learned) Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye (live out life) in him:
7 Rooted (become stable) and built up (reared up) in him, and stablished (to confirm) in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil (lead away, seduce) you through philosophy (sophistry) and vain (empty) deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments (organization) of the world, and not after Christ.
A sophist was a specific kind of teacher in Ancient Greece, in the fifth and fourth centuries BC. Many sophists specialized in using the tools of philosophy and rhetoric, though other sophists taught subjects such as music, athletics, and mathematics. In general, they claimed to teach arete or “excellence” or “virtue”, applied to various subject areas, predominantly to young statesmen and nobility.
This is Plato, Aristotle and Socrates and their writings influencing the Jewish Pharisees. Sophists were portrayed as “specious” or “deceptive”, hence the modern meaning of the term. The Hellenization of the Pharisees lead the “church” away from the Torah and into the Talmudic and Kabbalistic views of Judaism.
This is where the rudiments or ‘organization of the world’ in verse 8 plays into a top down management philosophy of “church” governance. In the world today we see it in the form of Pope, cardinals and bishops for the Roman Catholics, and Preacher, Associate preachers or ministry (music, outreach, missionary, etc) leaders and the church board members in Christianity.